Monday, August 20, 2012
Anyway, I soon came to understand two things about Vivaldi: 1) He was an absolute master of the concerto form 2) He could make a silk purse out of the lowliest sow's ear. He had a penchant for writing concerti which feature some of the lesser-heralded instruments of his day. He could write a bassoon concerto that would almost make it seem like a good idea to take up the bassoon. He also wrote for instruments like the viola d'amore (a 12 string viola with 6 sympathetic strings), which simply don't exist anymore. Viva Vivaldi is a nice introduction to the man's work, containing the more moving movements of his best and most interesting concerti. I especially enjoy "Laudamus Te," which is a selection from Gloria. As my first introduction to Vivaldi, I tend to slightly overvalue this compilation.